Iowa Water Conference

The Iowa Water Conference is IWC's largest outreach and collaboration effort with a dozen planning partners. The conference is designed to bring together multi-disciplinary organizations and institutions to discuss relevant water issues in Iowa. The inaugural event in 2006 combined several existing conferences with the purpose of coordinating research and management efforts. Today's conference draws over 400 attendees and still strives to encompass the whole of Iowa's water landscape including expanding into realms of education and outreach, conservation, policy and regulations.
The conference website, which houses the agenda, registration, and conference logistics, is This page will be updated periodically with a call for presentations and past event pages with links to presentation slides and videos as well as lists of award winners.

12th Annual Iowa Water Conference

Our Watershed, Our Community

March 21-22, 2018
Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa

Success in water-related work, whether it is out in the farm field, a backyard, or in city infrastructure, cannot be achieved alone. It is done by a community and for a community. With that in mind, the Iowa Water Conference Planning Committee is happy to announce the theme for the 2018 Iowa Water Conference: "Our Watershed, Our Community." This theme was inspired by the large, complex network of water-related professionals in Iowa that support local watershed work.
Thank you to everyone who made it out to the 2018 Iowa Water Conference! We hope you enjoyed the conference as much as we did. Please be sure to check your email to fill out the conference evaluation. We'll begin planning for 2019 this summer.
For the 2018 Iowa Water Conference event page, which will house a recap of the event including presentation slides and videos, please click here.

Student Registration Scholarships

We give special thanks to Betty and Dennis Keeney for sponsoring student scholarships to the Iowa Water Conference. Recipients are asked to provide a follow up statement on their attendance. We will post those when available here.


See photos of presentations, award winners, and more at our Flickr page.

Suggest a topic

Have you seen a great presentation or know of a successful project or topic you'd like to recommend? Please fill out our webform! Suggestions are accepted year-round, but the agenda building period typically lasts between July through October. Any suggestions that can't be used for the upcoming conference will be considered in the future.

Save the date!

Save the date for the 13th Annual Iowa Water Conference, held March 12-13, 2019 in Ames. Please note, this is a week earlier than the last two conferences, as well as on a Tuesday-Wednesday instead of Wednesday-Thursday.

Past Conferences

  • 2017 Iowa Water Conference - Watershed Management: Partnerships for Progress. Event page in progress (sorry for the delay!).
  • 2016 Iowa Water Conference - AtTENtion - EnlighTEN- InTENsify: TEN years of the Iowa Water Conference - March 23-24, 2016. Event page
  • 2015 Iowa Water Conference -Currents & Currencies: Trends and Motivators for Better Water Management- March 2-3, 2015. Event page
  • 2014 Iowa Water Conference- Making Connections, Solving Problems: Water strategies for success in a changing world- March 3-4, 2014. Event page
  • 2013 Iowa Water Conference - H2O: Humans, Science and Oversight - March 4-5, 2013. Event page
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